Saint Paul Regional Water Services’ drinking water treatment and disinfection processes effectively safeguard our customers against drinking-water-borne viral infections — including coronavirus.

Treatment Process

Saint Paul Regional Water Services has multiple steps in the drinking water treatment process that physically remove, disinfect, and chemically inactivate viruses, bacteria, and other harmful organisms. Viruses are inactivated by a process called disinfection by chlorination. The drinking water disinfection process at Saint Paul Regional Water Services meets and goes beyond virus removal/inactivation regulation requirements and is effective for any virus, including COVID-19.

Continuous Sampling to Ensure Public Safety

We continuously monitor and test the drinking water throughout the treatment process and distribution system to ensure its quality and safety. The inactivation of viruses, including the COVID-19 virus, is an EPA Surface Water Treatment Rule that requires us to disinfect and continuously monitor the water.

Not Spread Through Tap Water

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is known to spread from person to person through close contact, similar to how the flu is transmitted. It is not spread through tap water. The coronavirus, like the traditional flu, is a respiratory illness.

What Can You Do?

According to the World Health Organization, coronavirus, like the flu, is spread from person to person contact, breathing or contacting respiratory droplets from an infected person, and contacting surfaces contaminated with a virus. If you are concerned about the spread of viruses, take these preventative steps to keep you healthy:

  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or sneezing
  • Clean high-contact surfaces like phone screens, keyboards, doorknobs, steering wheels, etc.
  • Get plenty of rest to keep your immune system healthy

Information about the coronavirus and Covid-19 in multiple languages from Twin Cities Public Television.

Last Edited: October 5, 2021